In 2011, before he was the Republican nominee for vice-president, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) proposed a federal budget. He called it, “The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise.” Two years later, now in his second year as chair of the House budget committee, he dusted off and polished his old proposal. He calls this one:
From Sen. Sanders’ Bernie Buzz: As a Thanksgiving deadline nears for action by the powerful congressional committee on deficit reduction, Bernie sounded an alarm over reports that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid may be cut. “The American people have been very clear. They understand how important Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are to the well-being
The tax system provides substantial assistance for workers – and, outside of Social Security, provides the largest platform for redistribution we have in the U.S. Although the tax system leaves out huge swaths of people – which I’ll discuss in future posts – for the people it targets money towards, it can do it relatively
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is whining about military cuts… “We’re already taking our share of the discretionary cuts as part of this debt-ceiling agreement, and those are going to be tough enough,” Panetta told reporters in his first news conference as defense secretary. “I think anything beyond that would damage our national defense.” …and
Bernie Sanders’ folks (anti-austerity petition here) sent us a link to an interview and floor speech the Senator gave in his seemingly futile fight to instill some good sense, and maybe even some awareness of the plight of the working class, into the current Mad Tea Party going on in the District of Columbia. As
Matt steps away from his usual unreasonable revolutionary politics to ask why the GOP can’t even play by its own rules.
Vi Ransel’s poem for the budget process.